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I would be interested in taking part in this, but due to work commitments, there is no way I could have it finish by the end of summer, I know that's still a long way off, but I work lots of hours and get very few hours off.DaLefty.
Been dithering about this for a little while. I considered getting one of the cheap lap steels, but wasn't sure what I'd do with it other than strip the black paint off and oil the wood - but then I found out that they're made of plywood. I've decided that it would be more interesting to build a lap steel from scratch. I had also considered a fretless bass ukulele, but that was a bit more pricey, and about the only thing I could think of was refinishing it, which I didn't fancy.
Then, when I worked out what it was going to cost me to get trained and equipped as a motorcyclist, I decided to knock the whole thing on the head and just concentrate on the home-brew lap steel, which, by now, was going to be an 8-string rather than a 6. Which meant that pickups could be a touch problematic (or expensive), which led me to consider making my own (aided by @mrchi's thread about winding pickups).
At this point, I realised that I know very little about winding pickups, and that 8-pole flatwork is expensive to ship from the US (cheap to buy, shipping is a joke), and probably a bugger to make from scratch. I needed to learn a bit, and that would be easier and cheaper if I use 6-pole flatwork which is available in the UK. This raised the issue of not having a dogbreath guitar to use for testing my winds.
So, I went to Thomann and ordered one of these...
...and realised that, by a somewhat circuitous route, I had entered the HB challenge anyway.
To tell the truth, I like the look of the TE52 better - love the butterscotch Tele with black pickguard, but I didn't feel like spending another 30 quid, especially since that comes with better pickups. No particular plans as yet, other than making new pickups for it, but there is certainly scope for a bit of tinkering with other bits if the mood takes me.
Should arrive early next week, so I'll start a Project Dogbreath thread then and post my initial thoughts of it as delivered. Meanwhile, I'll be back in the workshop to work out the next bit of the lathe pickup winder and start shopping for pickup bits.
NomadNobody loves me but my mother... and she could be jivin' too...
What modifications are you planning?
Dogbreath has arrived. Only had a quick unamplified twang at work so far, but it seems fine - playable action, tuned in okay, intonation pretty good. More later.
Yes it's against rule 1 of The Fretboard
What modifications are you planning?
You do realise that you're talking to a self admitted idiot who severed two of his own fingers - middle and ring fingers on my left hand, not with power tools, nor a knife, or even steel cabling snapping under tension, but with a bong while at work, yes you read that right, I managed to sever two of my own fingers with a bong. Not only that but I even managed to get dumped because I contracted MRSA. What you're asking requires forethought and planning, not my strong point, infact if they where ever to hand out ''moron or idiot of the year awards'' I would dominate it and have several mantle places full of trophies, if you look up the words ''idiot'' or ''moron'' in the dictionary you will find my picture.I'm just aiming to get the kit assembled without cutting off anymore fingers, or getting any new scars, anything aftrer that is a bonus as far as I'm concerned.DaLefty.
Please, please tell me all of that's true.
We need the whole story here, were the fingers reattached?
Can I sign up for this please ?
I kind of forgot to post my GAS - I picked up a HB electric violin about a month or so ago, plus a "Don't Fret" sticker which is a superb idea for complete n00bs like me! No idea if I'll keep it, but for £100ish it's quite fun so far to muck about on.
That's pretty neat actually. Whats it sound like in drop D
Is it too late to join in? I've just got one of their 335-a-likes with a view to modding it.